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  • Museum archives

    Compiled by Emma Robinson

    March 2013

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    Museum archives

    Contents Page

    1. Directors' Papers 3

     Letterbooks 3

     Correspondence 3  General 3  Exhibitions 4  Lectures, Films and Talks 4  Friends of the Royal Scottish Museum 5  Lauriston Castle Trust 5  Confidential Correspondence 5

     Miscellaneous 5

     Special Files 5

     National Committees and Reports 5

    2. Other Museum Records 5

     Annual Reports 5

     Edinburgh University Natural History Museum – daily, weekly and 5 annual report books

     Press cuttings scrapbooks 6

     Miscellaneous 6

     Museum of Scotland Project 7

     Royal Museum Project 7

    3. Museum Registers 8

     Original registers 8

     Microfilmed registers 4. Original watercolours; photographs of museum interior and exterior; 10

    architectural plans; photographs of museum directors and individuals; ephemera; posters.

     Watercolours 10

     Photographs, architectural plans and posters 11

     Framed photographs of Directors and Staff 27 This material also includes miscellaneous illustrations and ephemeral items such as original opening invitation.

    5. Natural History Photographs and Illustrations 27

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    1. Directors' Papers

    Directors' Papers : Letterbooks (1861-1937) Extent: 30 volumes

    General

    1861-1863

    1863-1868

    1869-1873

    1874-1881

    1881-1887

    1887-1891

    1891-1896

    1896-1900

    1900-1912

    1912-1913

    1914-1915

    1916-1919

    1919-1921

    1921-1922

    1922-1923

    1923-1924

    1924-1925

    1925-1926

    1926-1927

    1927-1928

    1928-1930

    1930-1931

    1931-1932

    1932-1935

    1935

    1935-1936

    1936-1937

    Science and Art department

    1865-1877

    1877-1891

    1891-1903

    Personnel

    1874-1893

    Directors' Papers : Correspondence Files (1793-1982: mainly 1900's) Extent: 43 boxes

    General

    No ref. 1938, 1978 NMAS correspondence re. appointment of Directors (Keepers)

    No ref. 1919,1921, 1928, 1934,1935

    Collected 1960 and weeded in 1970's

    Box 1.1 1793, 1850's, Mainly on gifts and loans

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    1901, 1920- 1936

    Box 1.2 1937

    Box 1.3 1938 (Jan-Jun)

    Box 1.4 1938 (Jul-Dec)

    Box 1.5 1939 (Jan- Jun) 1939 (Jul-Dec)

    A-N

    Box 1.6 1939 (Jul-Dec) 1940-1941

    O-Z

    Box 1.7 1942-1943 1944

    A-K

    Box 1.8 1944 1945

    L-Z

    Box 1.9 1946-1947

    Box 1.10 1948-1949

    Box 1.11 1950-1951

    Box 1.12 1952-1953

    Box 1.13 1954-1955

    Box 1.14 1956-1957

    Box 1.15 1958-1960

    Box 1.16 1961 (Aug-Dec) 1962-1964

    Box 1.17 1965-1966

    Box 1.18 1967-1968

    Exhibitions

    Box 2.1 1936-1938 1937

    Exhibitions: Coronation Exhibitions: Coronation continued

    Box 2.2 1937 1939 1945-1946 1949-1951 1951

    Box 2.3 1951-58

    Box 2.4 1959-1962

    Box 2.5 1963-1965

    Box 2.6 1966-1968

    Box 2.7 1969-1970

    Box 2.8 1971-1972

    Box 2.9 1973-1974

    Box 2.10 1974-1975

    Box 2.11 1975-1976

    Box 2.12 1977

    Box 2.13 1978

    Box 2.14 1979

    Box 2.15 1980-1982

    Lectures, Films and Talks

    Box 3.1 1962-1963 Correspondence, leaflets, etc.

    Box 3.2 1964-1965

    Box 3.3 1966-1967

    Box 3.4 1968-1971

    Box 3.5 1971-1975

    Box 3.6 1976-1978

    Box 3.7 1979-1980

    Box 3.8 1981-1982

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    Box 3.9 1982-1983 1963-1981

    Evening lectures and films: posters

    Friends of the Royal Museum of Scotland: Correspondence

    Box 4.1 1964-1969

    Box 4.2 1970-1977

    Box 4.3 1962-1972

    Box 4.4 1973-1978

    Box 4.5 1979-1983

    Lauriston Castle Trust

    Box 5.1 1926-1930 Lauriston Castle Trust

    Confidential Correspondence

    Box 6.1 1919-1923 Personnel, Financial

    Box 6.2 1957-1961 Personnel, Financial and Confidential

    Miscellaneous

    Box 7.1 1957-1961 Mainly concerned with gifts, purchases and loans

    Box 7.2 1957-1961 Various topics

    Special Files

    Box 8.1 1920's-1930's 1930-1950

    Notes on Museum contents Minutes to Secretary

    Box 8.2 1951-1961 Minutes to Secretary

    Box 8.3 1936-1939 n.d. 1930-47 1927-1939 1940

    Draft catalogues and lectures Draft guide to the Hugh Miller Collection by Dr BN Peach Loan requests Loan receipts Lists of books sent to Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

    National Committees and Reports

    Box 9.1 1958-1961 1961-1965 1962 1966

    Minutes of the Reviewing Committee on Exports of Works of Art " Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries: Review of Provincial Museums and Galleries (draft, 2 copies) Council for Museums and Galleries in Scotland: Survey Report of Development Officer

    2. Other Museum Records

    Other Museum Records - Annual Reports

    1855 - 1863 Industrial Museum of Scotland

    1864 - 1903 Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art

    1904 - 1984 Royal Scottish Museum (Triennial Report from 1970-1984)

    October 1985- March 1987

    National Museums of Scotland First Report

    1987 – to date National Museums of Scotland Annual Report

    For a detailed survey of the early annual reports see: Swinney, G.N. Reporting on the museum: the annual reports of the Edinburgh Science and Art. Archives of Natural History 29(1): 99-108, 2002.

    Other Museum Records - Edinburgh University Natural History Museum Report Books

    1822-1825 Daily Report Books

    1825-1829 Daily Report Books

    1829-1830 Daily Report Books

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    1834-1836 Annual Report Books

    1845-1846 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1846-1848 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1848 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1848-1849 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1849-1850 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1850-1852 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    1852-1854 Daily Report Books (2nd Series)

    Index to Museum Daily Report Books (2nd Series) Vols I-XI only (contemporary) Combined index to vols I-XV (modern)

    1822-1824 Weekly Report Books

    1824-1828 Weekly Report Books

    1828-1831 Weekly Report Books Index to Vols. I-V

    4 boxes of miscellaneous EU(NH) material

    Other Museum Records – Press Cuttings

    1857-date Scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings on NMS and related topics

    1921-1975 Scrapbooks of cuttings, Natural History Department

    Other Museum Records – Miscellaneous

    1870-1901 Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art: Query Book (mainly on finance and administration, not collections)

    Placed at Ms. 069(411) Edi. RSM 1907

    1907-1913 On spine: "Minute Book" Mostly copies of letters and extracts of correspondence received and sent at the Royal Scottish Museum between 1907-1913.

    Placed at Ms. 069(411) Edi. RSM 1907

    1907-1986 Royal Museum of Scotland Visitors' Book

    1910's- 1920's

    Quarterly accounts of guides to the Museum

    1930's Sale of postcards (1 vol)

    “List of objects the property …” placed at Ms. 069(411) Edi. RSM/L

    1939-1961, 1987

    File containing Diana Smith's 1987 listing of museum archives; "List of Objects the Property of the Royal Scottish Museum on loan to HM Office of Works, 122 George Street, Edinburgh)

    1950's Royal Scottish Museum history: 3 box files; Sir Norman Kinnear’s biographies of donor's filed by general taxonomic group (e.g. birds, mammals etc.)

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    Other Museum Records – Museum of Scotland Project

    Location: Special Collections Ms.069(411) Edi. MoS/E

    The Museum of Scotland General Arrangement Architectural Plans, scale 1:200 (1995)

    Location: Special Collections Ms.069(411)Edi. NMS

    Prospect: newsletters of the Museum of Scotland Campaign. Edinburgh: Museum of Scotland. Campaign Office. 1994-99.

    Location: Special Collections 069(411) Edi. MoS 1996

    The Museum of Scotland project. Reference manual (1994)

    Location: Research Library REF 069.09411 MOS

    McKean, C. (2000) The Making of the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing

    Other Museum Records – Royal Museum ‘Masterplan’) Project Extent: 2 boxes (1 inside the other)

    Box 1

    RMP.2012.0020 The Royal Museum Project ‘Making a world of Difference’ Campaign Manual

    RMP.2012.0021 Exhibition proposals HLF Stage 2 Application

    RMP.2012.0022 Royal Museum concept design. Presentation to the trustees 19.05.06

    RMP.2012.0023 Royal Museum Project. Interim Scheme Design: Ground Floor. Presentation to the Trustee 22.

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